Run time: 98 mins
There’s nothing quite like the smell of an independent coffee shop; the fresh beans, bread and pastries. Well now you can do that from the comfort of the Rex armchairs with Love Sarah.
This twee British film follows three women of different generations, Mimi (Celia Imrie), Isabella (Shelley Conn) and Clarissa (Shannon Tarbet), pull together to open a bakery and coffee shop in Notting Hill, or rather the breezy Richard Curtis idea of one. Alas, a cycling accident claims poor Sarah, so the three decide to push on with the project in her honour.
Before these ‘sisters’ realise they can do it for themselves, in swaggers the smug Michelin-starred Matthew (Rupert Penry-Jones). His will-they-won’t-they history with Isabella inspires a romance (“Bake with me” he grunts euphemistically) and there’s paternity intrigue with poor Clarissa, as the possibility arises that he could be her dad.
Love Sarah may be light (and fluffy) in any real meaning, but it is a well-meaning exploration of female friendship, and of the cultural significance of cuisine. Tuck in. (Jack Whiting)